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excelsior

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noun ex·cel·si·or \ik-ˈsel-sē-ər, -ȯr\

Definition of excelsior

  1. :  fine curled wood shavings used especially for packing fragile items



Origin and Etymology of excelsior

trade name, from Latin, higher, comparative of excelsus high, from past participle of excellere


First Known Use: 1868


excelsior

foreign term ex·cel·si·or \ik-ˈsel-sē-ər, eks-ˈkel-sē-ˌȯr\

Definition of excelsior

    :  still higher —motto of New York


Origin and Etymology of excelsior

Latin


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